If you go . . .
Where to stay
50 Hillside Drive
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
This clean-cut, modern property, just steps from the village gondola, is an all-suite resort. An outdoor heated pool, overlooking the mountains, is a hit with families. Deluxe studios $229-$449.
Juniper Springs Resort
4000 Meridian Blvd.
Designed in classic mountain-lodge style, this ski-in, ski-out resort has spacious studio and multi-bedroom condo units. Added perks include free shuttle to Mammoth’s main ski lodges, two pools, and lift ticket window and gear rentals on site. Suites $250-$300, three-bedroom townhouses $650-$850.
On Twin Lakes
Set at 8,500-feet elevation and surrounded by towering pines and craggy mountain peaks, this rustic lakeside lodge about a mile from Mammoth ski resort has 25 basic rooms and 35 recently-renovated cabins with simple kitchens and baths. Rooms $99-$159, cabins $259-$749.
Where to eat
1528 Tavern Road
Longtime local steakhouse. Entrees $19.95-$38.95.
6080 Mineret Road
Grab a seat on the leather couch in front of the fireplace to enjoy a glass of wine before moving to a table for the main fare. Entrees $18-$34.
Good Life Cafe
126 Old Mammoth Road
This casual, family-owned Mexican restaurant is the go-to place all day long for breakfast (try the chili verde breakfast burrito) and lunch with tasty tacos, enchiladas, and burgers, $6.50-$9.95.
What to do
1 Minaret Road
Lift tickets: adult $99, ages 13-18 $77, 7-12 $30, Mommy or Daddy and Me Combo ticket (one adult, one child) $100.